6 days (not including air travel)

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The Sirimon route is a scenic and gentle ascent track on Mt Kenya; cutting through montane forest, bamboo and heather vegetation before dropping into the deep Mackinder Valley. Giant groundsel and lobelia vegetation dot the trail. This itinerary includes an additional acclimatisation day at 4,300m. The Chogoria trail, arguably the most spectacular route on Mt Kenya, has several interesting features such as mushroom-shaped rocks, jagged peaks and valleys, waterfalls and tarns.

Day 1: Nairobi-Naromoru

Transfer from Nairobi to Naromoru for lunch at Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge. Afternoon of relaxation and preparation for the trek ahead. It’s possible to do a gentle walk.

Accommodation: Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Old Moses Camp

Transfer to Sirimon Park gate (2600m). After completion of park entry formalities, you begin a 3-4 hour hike through montane forest with bamboo, rosewood and heather zones to Old Moses camp (3300m). The forest and bamboo are home to hundreds of buffaloes, elephants, bushbucks and a plethora of bird species.

Accommodation: Old Moses Camp is a wooden mountain cabin with dormitory-style decked beds with comfortable foam mattresses, a bed for each traveler. Each traveler is advised to carry his or her own sleeping bag.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Shiptons Camp

After early breakfast, depart at 0700hrs for a 6-7 hours trek through the sprawling moorlands up to the Shipton’s hut (4200m). The hike provides opportunities for fascinating views of unique moorland plants and scenery but is also a test on your individual endurance. You gain good acclimatization as you cover an altitude range of 900m. Lunch stop is at a vantage point on the Mackinder valley.

Accommodation: Shiptons Camp is a wooden mountain cabin with dormitory-style decked beds and comfortable foam mattresses. There’s a bed for each traveler but bring your own sleeping bag.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Mackinders Camp

Departing at 0800hrs ascend the Hausberg col (4700m) then descend steeply to Hausberg valley and Oblong tarns before making a further steep ascent, crossing huge boulders via Two Tarn on the way to Mackinder’s camp (4,300m) which is located along the Naromoru route within the Teleki Valley.

Accommodation: Teleki Lodge, popularly known as Mackinders Camp, is a permanent dormitory-style structure, spacious enough for large groups and has decked beds with comfortable foam mattresses. Each traveler is advised to bring his or her own sleeping bag.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Chogoria

Start predawn summit attempt at 0300 hrs, hiking for three hours up to Pt. Lenana (4,985m), the hikers summit, arriving there in time to see the African sunrise. From Pt. Lenana you have good views of Pt. Nelion (5188m), Pt. Batian (5199m) and other surrounding peaks, and on a clear day the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen protruding into the sky over 340km to the south. From the summit descend to Mintos Hall tarn campsite (4,300m) for breakfast. Then a gentle 4-5 hour descent to Chogoria Park gate (3,000m). The descent is gentle and it offers ample time to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Gorges valley, Vivienne falls, Nithi falls, mushroom rocks and an array of interesting mountain plants.

Accommodation: Kinondoni Lodge, popularly known as Chogoria bandas, is a collection of comfortable log cabins each with a bedroom, kitchen and hot showers.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Nairobi

After breakfast gradually descend through the Chogoria Forest to meet up with oncoming vehicle for transfer to Nairobi.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


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